11 May 2021

15:30 – 16:00 hours

Paul Cobben (KPN)

5G accelerates digitalization in manufacturing

Paul Cobben will highlight the current 5G manufacturing use cases KPN is working on, together with manufacturing sector partners. This will include the first 5G indoor implementation with picking AGV’s in a highly automated warehouse. Also, human machine interaction is shown by combining with 5G, AR and low-code machine platforms.

Cobben will conclude telling about the advanced technical setup KPN has realized in the 5G fieldlab for discrete manufacturing at the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven and the next large use case that will focus on (computer/machine) vision combined with 5G, edge computing, autonomous robots and advanced sensors and algorithms.


Paul Cobben is end-responsible sector developer for manufacturing within KPN. He is a professional in innovation and product management, specialized in cross industries (trans sector) innovation with focus on the manufacturing sector. He has extensive knowledge of Smart Industry/Industry 4.0. Cobben has a broad expertise in IT and information management, and is very familiar with important technology drivers behind Smart Industry like IoT, 5G, AR/VR and blockchain. He is a strong believer in combining the right technology drivers to achieve optimal results in critical business processes.

Cobben holds a MBA from Nijmegen University with a focus on organizational diagnostics, design and change. Also he holds a professional Master Degree from TU Delft in IT management.

Cobben is actively involved in the Dutch Smart Industry community:

– Commercial lead/ecosystem developer of the process manufacturing 5G fieldlab at Shell Pernis and the discrete manufacturing 5G at the Brainport Industries Campus;

– Smart Industry ambassador for KPN, as member of World Class Maintenance, Smart Industry fieldlab Campione, and member of Hightech Software Cluster, Smart Industry fieldlab HTSC;

– Proposition manager for wireless plants and wireless factories within KPN. Cobben has lead several digital factory projects.

– Regular speaker at Smart Industry events